Excerpt from The Times History of the War, Vol. 17
Highland Chieftain. His tribesmen and depen dants held property all over the Hedjaz, the leading men acting as his deputies in the administration of the ancient Arabic law. His office was temporal - that of Emir (prince) of M... ecca, but the custodian of the Holy Places was also looked upon as a religious leader and in Ms action he had the full support of the Ulema of Mecha. The Emir Husein's personal qualifica tions added to his authority. A man somewhat past middle life, of good presence, known as a sagacious and prudent prince, strictly orthodox yet free from fanaticism, he had a receptive mind and an appreciation of the material advantages of Western civilization. His sons, or the elder among them, had travelled extensively, were of keen intelligence and already known as. Capable leaders of men. Four of them, the Emirs Faisal, Abdulla, Ali, and Zeid, were, when independence was proclaimed, placed at the head of the Meccan forces.
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